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I See Hawks in LA Live at Neighborhood Church on 2004-01-10




I See Hawks in LA

January 10, 2004 saturday
Neighborhood Church
Pasadena, Ca
opening for Dave Alvin acoustic Guilty Men

1. Hecker Pass
2. Turn that Airplane Around
3. I Stayed Away
4. Grapevine
5. Harvest
6. I see Hawks in LA
7. Mystery of Life
8. Taffy
9. Hitchhiker

The Hawks:
Rob Waller, guitar vocals
Brantley Kearns, fiddle
Paul Marshal, acoustic bass guitar
Paul Lacques, guitar, steel resonator, dobro


Collection ISeeHawksinLA
Band/Artist I See Hawks in LA
Venue Neighborhood Church
Location Pasadena Ca

Source Ambient from 1st row
Lineage ADK A51TL's > Grace V3 > Sony PCM-M1
Taped by Mike French
Transferred by Mike French

Notes

Ambient Recording by Mike French
From first row, slightly right of the stages center (*see details, in notes)
ADK A51TL's in *kindaDIN stereo configuration, as hypers.
Grace Lunatec V3 44.1 ansr
Sony PCM-M1 dat as bit bucket.

* kindaDIN stereo...... (made up technique, on the fly):
Left mic aimed at left side of stage at 45degrees left axis
Right mic pointed slightly left of 0degrees center-axis(-5degrees left axis of right mic), to try to avoid being too on-axis to the stage right pa system.
Mics separated by 17cm, with the odd angles included.

This room was a large square, with the stage pushed into the far right front wall/corner of the room. The seating was the full width and depth of the room, and totally sold-out.
The right side of the stage had an on-stand pa speaker. The left pa system was on the far left side of the room, and totally out of practical reach for me.
I, as a taper, was not allowed any floor space for my mic stand, by the promoters demand, except the very rear of the room. So, I suspended my mic stand from an indoor craftsmen style arbor, with the mics mostly out of view from the rear. I laid the mic stand down on the framing for the arbor, and weighted it with boom-arm sandbags, then extended the mic stand open, parallel to, and over first row, horizontally reaching back toward center, as closely as my severely bending mic stand would allow. Fortunately it didn't collapse onto the first row audience members.
So, this recording was done in far less than ideal conditions. The music is great, hopefully you'll overlook the oddities in the recording mastering process, and hear the music.

Reviews

Reviewer: twang - - August 1, 2006
Subject: High and Lonesome
Many thanks for the addition of this great recording!! Please add more if you have them. Hawks have a great sound going, and being stuck on the east coast, don't have many opportunities to hear them live. Only suggest is to correct the playlist. Other then Taffy, which I'm not familiar with, here is a corrected playlist.

1. Hecker Pass
2. Turn that Airplane Around
3. I Stayed Away
4. Grapevine
5. Harvest
6. I see Hawks in LA
7. Mystery of Life
8. Taffy
9. Hitchhiker

Bottomline - Thanks!!!
Reviewer: mfrench - - June 3, 2006
Subject: Jammin countrygrass, but with cali style.
This is real old timey countrygrass, with a touch of moderness to the theme of the lyrics, but, outright picking and grinning.
Brantley Kearns, as a fiddle player, is easily comparable to the late great Vassar Clemmons, and is of the North Carolina school. Brantley has also played with Garcia back in the day, and is well respected in that circle of old boys.
Ther rest of the band is top notch players,a nd a lot of original songs and rearrangemenst of classics.

Try it out, you'll dig it.
They are taper friendly, and trade friendly, and on US Tour right now, and eventually into Europe.


Giving the band a 5star rating.
The recording is decent to good, and listenable. Maybe a 4 on the recording caliber. It is an effort from a tough room, and a tough promoter, and the best that I could do for an ambient recording effort in that circumstance (see notes for more detail)
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